Experience Hero Xtreme with Go Below

Wales is well known for its natural beauty. The valleys full of song with lakes, mountains and tranquil streams are the stereotype that is what Wales is for so many. Coal mines, tin mines and railways all form part of the image of Wales.  The combination of all of these makes for a very unusual and unique attraction in Snowdonia, Hero Xtreme with Go Below, close to Bryn Bella Guest House. Mining has dominated Welsh history and going underground has always fascinated mankind. The Welsh mountains have been a source of income for local communities for hundreds of years and Go Below has created another source of income by going underground for a completely different and somewhat crazy reason. Go Below has nothing to do with mining but it is one of the most exciting underground tourist attractions in Europe, perfect for those who want a little bit of adventure and excitement. Go-Below defines what they offer as “The Ultimate Underground Adventure” doing things inside a mountain that one would assume can only be done on the outside of a mountain. Go-Below is the adventure everyone who wants to push himself or herself to the limit of enjoyment and physical ability has been waiting for. Go-Below a fun day out but don’t expect it to be a walk in the park, if you want a walk in the park head above ground and enjoy a stroll. Just what is Go Below? The Sunday Times called Go Below “The scariest assault course in the UK” and ITV said “A Thrilling, Exciting and Exhausting day out all rolled into one” Go Below takes visitors on a hectic tour of an unused mine, left exactly as it was the day the last miner arrived back on the surface.  A series of tunnels and caves explored on foot, using ropes to conquer gorges and ravines buried deep underground, Go-Below is not for the faint-hearted nor those who are out of shape.  Rowing a dinghy along underground lagoons and then traversing sheer rock faces to get up and out at the deepest, darkest end is just part of the challenge. Go-Below is the perfect team building or group fun activity anywhere in the UK. With a choice of “Adventures”, you can put yourself and your team to the test with either the “short” 5-hour challenge that includes abseils, ziplines, ladders and a little bit of […]

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Zip World Fforest Coaster

Snowdonia is a spectacular place to visit and is one of the UKs top tourist destinations and according to Lonely Planet, number 4 in the World’s Top 10 Regions. For decades, the mountainous region was known for the simple pleasures of walking and fishing in the countryside, a place that welcomed tourists who just needed a peaceful break away. The lakes, rivers and the ocean provided a wealth of things to see and do. Now we have Zip World Fforest Coaster! Over the years, Wales and Snowdonia have seen a drop in the historical economic activity of mining and farming. Changes in the global economy have forced the people of Wales to think out of the box and develop new and equally sustainable sources of income and trade. The solution has been tourism and this has seen the already popular destination become even more popular. Now, the challenge is to further grow the popularity and find evermore reasons for people to come to one of the most beautiful places on earth. The challenge to attract tourists, not just the traditional walkers, kayakers, mountain bikers and climbers or simply those just looking to relax has begun, in the last few years a number of innovative attractions have been developed. Mines and mountain caves have been opened up for the public to enjoy, castles and other buildings of interest have been given a touch of Welsh magic and made even more attractive for tourists; Wales has got to grips with adventure tourism and doesn’t want to let go. Modern day lifestyles have had to be considered; people want a little more excitement yet they still want to get close to the natural beauty that makes Wales the destination that it is. Having fun has been the number one driver behind some of the latest attractions and fun is an understated way to describe the brand new Fforest Coaster that has opened up a short walk from us here at Bryn Bella. Zip World is renowned for turning nature into an experience both above and below ground, the highly innovative company has just opened the UKs very first Forrest Rollercoaster ride here at Betws-y-Coed within Snowdonia National Park. The Fforest Coaster is the only Alpine Coaster in the UK and is essentially a high-speed toboggan run on rails that races down the side of a mountain through the trees. This exhilarating family attraction […]

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Antur Stiniog, for the Best Mountain Biking

Forget the USA, New Zealand or even Iceland, at Antur Stiniog you can catch some of the most breathtaking mountain biking trails right on your home turf in Snowdonia, and when better to visit than in 2017. This is definitely one for the adrenaline junkies amongst us, and with one of the best mountain bike uplift services in the UK, you couldn’t be in better hands.   Whether you’re a seasoned professional or you’ve just begun burning rubber, Antur Stiniog’s downhill mountain biking trails have something for everyone. With mountain bike coaching available for riders of all levels, your hosts will cover a whole range of skills from bike set-up to improved confidence on the trails, and if you’re up for getting down and dirty, the center comes equipped with a bike wash, showers, bike maintenance, an outdoor shop and a cafe to grab some pre-biking fuel.  If you’d like to challenge yourself, Antur Stiniog will push you to the limit and any riders. After a long day on the trails you’ll need to wind-down, and located less than 20 minutes away is the idyllic Bryn Bella Guest House. Offering jaw-dropping panoramic views overlooking Betws-y-Coed and the Gwydir Forest, Bryn Bella, with its bike storage and maintenance facilities,  serves as the perfect base for everyone from thrill-seekers to those just looking for a weekend getaway. Did we mention that there are also mountain bike trails in the Gwydir Forest not to mention the Machno Trails all just a short drive away. So, whether you are looking to blast those downhill trails or cover those miles on challenging single track where better place to base yourself than Bryn Bella   Award winning and a haven for eco-tourism, we will cater to your every whim; from fresh eggs from our own chickens in the morning, to advice and guidance about how to spend your time in the area, you certainly won’t be stuck for something to do at Bryn Bella. For more details and online booking Click Here  

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